B.S. in Mathematics

For more than 5,000 years, mathematics has grown and evolved. Today, it permeates virtually every intellectual discipline. Mathematicians make use of an approach called the axiomatic method whereby propositions or theorems are deduced from a set of axioms using the principles of Aristotelian logic. This axiomatic method is used in the development of mathematical systems and designed to develop the student’s ability to think and reason abstractly. Mathematics also provides the key to understanding the sciences. Carl Friedrich Gauss called mathematics the “queen of the sciences” and indeed, it forms an integral part of scientific thought and is a necessary component of contemporary advances in all scientific fields.

Mathematics finds wide application in such diverse fields as economics, business, social studies, art, and education. Although it is far beyond the capability of any one individual to master the whole of mathematics, the program at the University of St. Francis is designed to give the student a full exposure to topics in undergraduate mathematics. Courses in the curriculum can prepare a student for graduate study, for a career in business or industry, or for any of several professions, including teaching.

Click here to see the curriculum for the B.S. in Mathematics, which has three concentrations:

  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Actuarial Science
  • Mathematics Secondary Ed. (9-12)


All mathematics majors are required to complete a Major Portfolio. Broadly, the portfolio consists of samples of a student’s mathematical work; evidence of participation in activities of the mathematical community, both within and outside of the university; and reflection of mathematical growth. Portfolio creation generally commences with successful completion of MATH 182 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II and culminates as a graded element of MATH 490 Senior Seminar.

At graduation, the successful mathematics major will be able to:

  1. Read mathematical material with an understanding of the ideas it contains at a level appropriate for a senior undergraduate mathematics major;
  2. Communicate mathematical ideas effectively in written format at a level appropriate for a senior undergraduate mathematics major;
  3. Communicate mathematical ideas effectively in oral format at a level appropriate for a senior undergraduate mathematics major;
  4. Research mathematical information in a thoughtful and appropriate manner from books, journals, and online resources;
  5. Recognize connections between various areas of mathematics and apply them to problem situations;
  6. Recognize connections between mathematics and other fields of study;
  7. Make and sustain personal connections with other people in the mathematical community;
  8. Utilize appropriate technology in the study, development, application, and sharing of mathematical ideas;
  9. Critically self-assess his or her own mathematical maturity, recognizing the most effective means to continued lifelong learning in mathematics and application of acquired skills to future work.